The cost to take a taxi to Malpensa Airport is 95 euros. The smart solution is to take the Malpensa Express train which takes fifty minutes if everything goes right.
The first problem was the ticket machines. The ones that accepted cash were not in service. The ones that accepted credit cards would not accept my credit card. Each time I put my chip card in, which was created to prevent this problem, it would ask for a pin. Obviously I do not have one. I moved onto debit cards. Both Chuck and Chase didn’t work.
With the world breathing down my neck, I eventually gave up and went to the ticket office which had a queue of folks who I’m guessing had the same problem.
Finally, I got the tickets and went to the platform. The sign only reads terminal 2, not terminal 1, where the Vueling flies from. Exhausted, I got on the train and hoped for the best. Google said it stopped in both. Indeed, it did.
If you find yourself in Milan needing to get to the airport, skip the automated machine and head straight for the counter.
Update! Try your zip code like you would at a gas station. That may work. H/T Eric